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Health (Adults)

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Health

Accessing health services and finding your way around the system can feel complicated. This page includes information and advice to help you get the help you need.  

Doctors Online Pilot

If you are registered with an Octagon Medical Practice in Peterborough you can fill out a simple online form to get advice and treatment by the end of the next working day.  Octagon practices are:  Hodgson, Huntly Grove, Minster, Nene Valley, Park, Thorney and Eye, Westgate and Jenner.

Healthy Peterborough

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You can find lots of useful information about healthy living on the Healthy Peterborough website.

Strength and balance exercises can keep you stronger for longer

We all want to continue to share our lives with loved ones as we get older, such as playing with grandchildren and socialising with friends. Simple strength and balance exercises twice a week are a proven way to keep you stronger for longer, independent and enjoying the great things in life, whether by joining a class or doing it yourself at home.

For more information on classes and activities in your area, visit the Healthy Peterborough website.

 

Keep colds and flu at bay

The flu vaccine can prevent you from catching flu - so if you are over 65, are pregnant, or have a long term condition that means you’re entitled to a free NHS flu vaccine, then it’s worth making sure you take this up through your GP surgery or some local pharmacies.

Colds and flu share some of the same symptoms (cough, sore throat), but are caused by different viruses. Flu can be much more serious than a cold.

If you're generally fit and healthy, you can usually manage the symptoms of a cold or flu yourself without seeing a doctor. Look after yourself by resting, drinking non-alcoholic fluids to avoid dehydration and avoiding strenuous activity. Painkillers such as ibuprofen or paracetamol can relieve aches and pains.  

There are around 200 viruses that cause colds and just three that cause flu. There are many strains of these flu viruses, and the vaccine changes every year to protect against the most common ones.

Colds cause more nasal problems, such as blocked nose, than flu. Fever, fatigue and muscle aches are more likely and more severe with flu.

You can find more information by visiting

NHS Health Check

What is an NHS Health Check?

The NHS Health Check is a health check-up for adults in England aged 40-74. It's designed to spot early signs of stroke, kidney disease, heart disease, type 2 diabetes or dementia. As we get older, we have a higher risk of developing one of these conditions. An NHS Health Check helps find ways to lower this risk.

How do I get an NHS Health Check?

If you're in the 40-74 age group without a pre-existing condition, you can expect to receive a letter from your GP or local authority inviting you for a free NHS Health Check every five years. In the meantime, you may want to try this online Heart Age test.

You can also find more details about how you get an NHS Health Check on the NHS website

Mental Health

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Mental health difficulties are very common, one in four of us will have problems with our mental wellbeing at some time in our lives. More information can be found on the Mental Health page.

 

Dementia

Elderly man

If you are concerned that a family member has dementia, the first step is to arrange for them to see a GP.  There is a wide range of support available in Peterborough for people with dementia, including advocacy, dementia advisers, dementia cafés, activities, information and peer support.  More information can be found on the Dementia page.

 

Hospital stays and hospital discharge

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If you are recovering from an illness or a stay in hospital you may need some help when you get home.  This could be received from the Reablement Service.  This could be practical help like getting in and out of bed, washing, dressing and making a meal, or helping you to get back on your feet again.

The hospital might arrange for you to have ‘intermediate care’, which is a health funded service and is to provide you with some short term support. 

The Transfer of Care team, based in the hospital, would complete your assessment and referral for Reablement and any Technology Enabled Care that would support your discharge.

You may receive health funded intermediate care.

You can find our more about hospital discharge on the Your care after discharge from hospital page.

You can find out more on the Reablement page and the Assistive Technology pages.

NHS Continuing Healthcare

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As part of your social care assessment, it may be identified that you may also need help and support with your health needs for which we can arrange a healthcare assessment. The healthcare assessment will find out if you are entitled to free NHS continuing healthcare.

If you remain living at home, the NHS will pay for healthcare services from a community nurse or specialist therapist and personal care, such as help with bathing and dressing.

If you move into a nursing home, the NHS will pay for all your care home fees, including board and accommodation if this is considered to be part of your overall care need.Iff you do not qualify for NHS continuing healthcare then you may have to pay for some or all of your care, although the NHS will still provide for your medical needs.         

 

Sensory Impairment

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The term sensory impairment includes visual impairment, hearing impairment and dual sensory loss.

The council's Sensory Support Team is dedicated to supporting adults who have a sensory impairment whether it be their hearing, their vision, or both.  A medical diagnosis is not needed to access support, information and advice.  

You can find out more information on our Sensory Impairment page.

You can also watch a BSL video on what happens when your doctor asks you to see a specialist.

Health tips for people with a Learning Disability

Learning Disability Health Check form

If you have a learning disability you can ask your doctor for a free Annual Health Check.

You can find lots of useful information on the Easy Health website and on NHS England.

Information on looking after your eyes can be found on the SEEAbility website.

Easy Read information on happens when your doctor asks you to see a specialist can be found on the NHS England website

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